We had the good fortune of connecting with Jean Hendry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jean, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
There are so many factors that impact our success, but I believe it really comes down to just a couple of key things that are more important than all of the others: 1) total belief in yourself, and 2) absolute commitment to the work you are called to do. I spent so many years doubting myself, my capabilities, my experience, my credentials, my presentation, my capacity, and on and on ad nauseum. That’s exhausting! And it is a complete waste of energy and time. I finally realized that I have to be my biggest supporter, my greatest advocate, my strongest believer – that’s when the magic happens. Because that belief is the biggest generator you will ever have.
My favorite quote comes from Scottish mountain climber W. H. Murray who also quotes Goethe:
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My business, Be Brilliant, is an expression of my life’s purpose, which I believe is to “to shine my brilliance, to see it in others, and to help them see it in themselves.” I passionately believe we all possess those qualities and characteristics that make us uniquely, magnificently Brilliant – we’re just not always very good at seeing and owning them, much less shining for the world!
Be Brilliant is a presence and image coaching platform. After many years working with professionals to improve their image and presence, I finally realized what was missing. It’s what’s on the inside. The work I do is an intersection of psychology, presence and personal style, and it’s wonderful to see it come together in a unique package for each individual woman. My goal is that every woman I work with feels and looks magnificently, brilliantly, authentically her very best self.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Cynthia James, my amazing business partner and incredible Speaker, Author, Singer and Teacher. She is an incredible role model of a powerful, heartfelt, compassionate, strong woman. Our partnership uplifts me and helps keep me going when it gets tough. And even though I believe that commitment to and belief in myself is of utmost importance, her unwavering support reinforces my own. I am so grateful to her!